So here we are….

Posted: 31/3/2005 in:

…and after weeks of speculation, it’s time for Team Eurovision to begin delivering our verdict on this year’s entries. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be offering our thoughts on all of this year’s 39 hopefuls, including the UK’s very own Javine. So without further ado – and in the order they’ll perform at the semi-final, followed by the confirmed finalists – it’s off to our first country….

Song: Yasi
Artist: Global Kryner
If nothing else, we can guarantee this year’s Eurovision will get off to a memorable start – because this song, performed in English and Spanish, sounds like nothing else we’ve ever heard in the history of Eurovision. In the course of three minutes this lot manage to fit in Latin rhythms, catchy choruses and – oh joy of joys – yodelling – making this possibly one of the most genuinely bonkers songs ever to grace a Eurovision stage. No idea why we’re so surprised about this – Austria are, after all, the country who gave us Alf Poier in 2003 – but of course there’s a real risk involved with entering something this way out. It’s so unusual that it’ll either breeze through to the final and land itself a top three placing on the night, or it’ll score a big fat zilch, forcing Global Kryner to slink back home with their tail between their legs. We couldn’t possibly say which – but we’ll be VERY interested to see how it does

Song: Little by Little
Artist: Laura and the Lovers
Sadly, the task of following Austria’s rather unique track falls to Lithuania, who remain one of the few Eastern European countries to really make a mark on this contest (let us not forget, after all, that they first entered in 1994, scored no points and didn’t reappear for five years. Personally we liked them in 2002 when they entered that song that sounded like the Lightning Seeds, but that’s just us). Little By Little, an upbeat bit of pop-rock, is one of their stronger entries to date – but doesn’t really stand out from the crowd, and coming so soon after something do damned unusual is liable to leave it at a disadvantage. A place in the final isn’t out of the question, but we suspect this may be one of those songs that narrowly misses out. Better luck next year, perhaps?

Should have been a contender

Posted: 29/3/2005 in:

Every decade of Eurovision brings with it a whole batch of songs which should have done much, much better than they did. As a tribute to those tracks, Team Eurovision presents its own pick of the also-rans that, in our opinion, really should have won the contest….

Baccara – Parlez Vous Francais (Luxembourg, 7th place in 1978)
The lovely ladies of Baccara had of course made their mark on the charts already with Yes Sir I Can Boogie before this disco-era gem came along, only to be beaten into submission by Israel’s amazingly-coiffed Izar Cohen (and, er, five other countries). We love it because it’s everything a Eurovision winner should be – bright, catchy and memorable with the sort of chorus that inspires you to leap from your armchair and throw embarrassing dancefloor shapes in the comfort of your living room. Not that we’ve ever tried it, of course…

Selma – All Out Of Luck (Iceland, 2nd place in 1999)
Poor Selma. She came so close to securing Iceland’s first ever victory in Eurovision, but ultimately Sweden’s Charlotte Nielsen just proved to be too strong a contender. In our opinion though Selma was robbed – for this was clearly the best song in the 1999 contest. She’s back for another go this year, but we’re still not convinced she’ll be able to match the three minutes of perfect pop that was All Out Of Luck.

Stefan Raab – Wadde Hadde Dudde Da? (Germany, 5th place in 2000)
OK, we admit it, the song was a load of old nonsense. But the guy had a jacket which lit up! And since this is one of the few things we remember about the 2000 contest – which, given a few notable exceptions (Latvia’s fabulous Brainstorm, for example) was one of the dullest in recent memory – this alone suggests to us that he should have hoisted top honours from Denmark. And while we’re at it, let’s not forget 1998’s Guildo Horn, who should have won simply for wearing a turquoise crushed velvet suit and clambering all over the light fittings as though his life depended on it.

Clodagh Rogers – Jack In The Box (UK, 4th place in 1971)
We debated long and hard to come up with a UK entry which should have been a Eurovision winner, but in the end this one seemed more popular than any other, despite some heavy lobbying for the likes of Bardo, Michael Ball and of course Lindsey de Paul and Mike Moran. But Clodagh wins out for just being so damned perky – and having a song which was a lot more fun than that year’s winner, Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue (the only song ever to score a victory for Monaco). Too young to remember it? Get hold of a copy and you’ll see exactly what we mean.

Ofra Haza – Hi (Israel, 2nd place in 1983)
Ofra Haza was of course one of Israel’s most famous exports (she even scored a top 20 hit in 1988 with Im Nin’ Alu, and she was bringing ethnic rhythms to the contest while the likes of Sertab Erener were barely even in double figures. Hi grabbed the runners-up spot in 1983 and should have gone one better – because Corrine Hermes’ winner, Si La Vie Est Cadeaux, is frankly one of the most unmemorable Eurovision winners ever, and this would have been far far better.

Seventh Wonder/On Again Off Again (Malta, 2nd place in 2002, 12th place in 2004)
Much as we loved Marie N and Ruslana, isn’t it about time Malta actually won this contest? After all they go to so much trouble every year (this year’s national final, for example, featured no less than 20 songs) and take the whole thing very seriously indeed. Seventh Wonder was a great little tune, and as for Julie and Ludwig – well, it had operatic trilling, and here at Team Eurovision we’re suckers for that kind of thing.

Eurovision entries online

Posted: 25/3/2005 in:

Now that all of this year’s Eurovision entries have been chosen, they’ve become widely available to see and hear online.

Team Eurovision’s favourite website for pre-May 19th sneak previews is the Irish site All Kinds Of Everything which has all 39 songs available to download in Real Audio and Real Video formats. While the site does focus fairly heavily on the Irish bid for Eurovision (and understandably so) there’s plenty of other useful news and information here – and if you’re feeling nostalgic you can even go back to the 2004 section and relive last year’s songs.

As for this year’s, well here at Team Eurovision we’ll be putting on our headphones and offering our verdict on the 2005 hopefuls very soon (once we’ve managed to plough our way through all 39 of them!), together with our own thoughts on who might be heading the leader board come the big night. Stay tuned….

UK to go second in Kiev

Posted: 21/3/2005 in:

Eurovision hopeful Javine is set for an early start at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, after the UK were drawn to sing second in the final on May 21. Both the draw to determine the running order for the semi-final and the final were made on Tuesday, and look something like this:

Running Order – Semi-final, 19 May
The Netherlands
FYR Macedonia

Running Order – Final, 21 May

Semifinal qualifier
United Kingdom
Semifinal qualifier
Semifinal qualifier
Semifinal qualifier
Semifinal qualifier
Serbia & Montenegro
Semifinal qualifier
Semifinal qualifier
Semifinal qualifier
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Semifinal qualifier
Semifinal qualifier

The Team Eurovision Verdict: Is it us or does there seem to be a pattern emerging in these running orders? We speak of course of Austria, who sang third in the contest in 2002, second in 2003 (the year of the infamous Alf Poier) and second last year. This is of course the first time they’ve taken part in the semi-final, and this time around they’ve been chosen to kick the whole thing off!

Of course first isn’t necessarily the best place to be in the line-up to guarantee a win (the only act we can ever remember starting the show and going on to win the entire contest were Sweden’s golden-booted trio The Herreys in 1984 – and the less said about that the better, probably). That said, it can’t be easy to be the first on stage, so best of luck to Global Kryner, the band who’ll be representing Austria on the big night. (although what’s the betting that if they make it through to the final they’ll be singing, er, first??)

Turning to the final, as we mentioned previously Javine will be on stage second with Touch My Fire. As we know singing early can have its disadvantages, the main one being that 22 other songs still have the chance to imprint themselves indelibly on the viewer’s mind long after you’ve had your turn – but then again going second didn’t do Jessica Garlick any harm when she was in the same position in 2002, (OK, so she didn’t win but she did give the UK its best placing for years which counts for a lot) while the likes of Turkey’s Sertab, Israel’s Dana International and of course Ruslana were all in the first half of the show and all went on to victory. Plus when the songs are reprised for phone voting, they show them from last to first, meaning the UK will be the penultimate song heard by the viewing public. Fingers crossed, then, that Javine isn’t forgotten.

Eurovision comebacks we’d like to see

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With the return of Malta’s Chiara and Iceland’s Selma to the Eurovision stage this year, here are the top five Eurovision comebacks we’d like to see….

1. Paul Oscar – Iceland. Because his leather-clad dominatrix act was by far the most memorable thing about the 1997 contest (and that in a year when Katrina and the Waves scored a record number of points to grab victory for the UK). And in these performance-driven days of Eurovision, where the stage show counts for as much as the song, he’d probably go down a storm.

2. Corinna May – Germany. The blind singer representing L’Allemagne in 2002 had a corker of a song in I Can’t Live Without Music – one which, in an ideal Eurovision world, would have stormed to victory and brought the contest back to Germany for the first time in nearly 20 years. (and, in Team Eurovision’s opinion, was rivalled only by Spain’s pop-tastic Europe’s Living A Celebration). But the poor lass sounded decidedly out of tune on the night – thus dampening all hopes of a German victory and condemning them to a spot near the bottom of the scoreboard while Latvia took top honours. Should she have another chance? Well normally we’d say no, but if she can come up with another song as good as that one, then why the hell not?

3. Baccara – Luxembourg. Simply because Parlez-Vous Francais was one of the best things about the 1978 contest (as far as Team Eurovision can remember, for we were of course all in nappies at the time) and we want to see them take part again!

4. Jahn Tiegen – Norway. This red-braced Scandinavian legend is to Eurovision’s nul points what Johnny Logan is to multiple victories, having scored a big fat zero in the 1978 contest with Mil Etter Mil – and amazingly enough he did almost make a comeback this year, making it to the Norwegian national final. We need more people like him back in the contest because, well, they make it fun – and having a ‘nul points’ veteran in the contest might bring a stop to all those jokes about the UK scoring a duck (which, let’s face it, stopped being funny around June 2003!)

5. Luxembourg and Italy – two of the original Eurovision entrants, now, at least for the time being, consigned to history – the former, for financial reasons, the latter for reasons which we can’t quite work out! But both gave us a whole gallery of memorable entrants, from 1980’s La Papa Penguine through to Toto Cutugno’s Insieme in 1990 (the last time Italy made a significant mark on the contest), and both are much missed.

Jemini man on Buzzcocks

Posted: 20/3/2005 in:

Team Eurovision caught a late-night glimpse of the BBC2 pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks on Saturday night, and was most amused to spot Jemini’s Chris Cromby in the ‘Identity Parade’ round – in which a pop star from the past lines up with four other look-alikes in the studio for the teams to identify.

There was just one slight problem – given it’s been only two years since Jemini’s memorable Eurovision appearance, Chris hasn’t changed a bit! Which kind of defeated the object of actually having him on really. Presenter Mark Lamarr said he was now a ‘TV presenter’ but given that the only other thing Team Eurovision have spotted him on recently was the kids’ TV show Dick And Dom In Da Bungalow (in which he and fellow bandmate Gemma Abbey were locked in a cage in the cellar) we’re not quite sure what he’s presenting, exactly. Can anybody enlighten us?

Lebanon pulls out

Posted: 18/3/2005 in:

The excitement about an Arab country taking part in Eurovision for only the second time in the contest’s long history has sadly proved short-lived.

Lebanon has withdrawn from the event because Lebanese television is not permitted to broadcast the Israeli performance, while Eurovision bosses insist that it has to be shown without interruption.

New countries are always welcomed with glee at Eurovision, especially when they come from an exotic location, promising something unusual and eye-catching.

But we won’t have a chance to find out in Kiev. It looks like politics has got in the way of good old-fashioned entertainment and seeing the scope of the contest grow just that little bit more.

This year we’ll have to make do with debutants Moldova and Bulgaria and welcome them into the fold with open arms. Let’s just hope any other budding Eurovision countries from farther east won’t be disheartened by Lebanon’s departure.

Chiara’s back too!

Posted: 17/3/2005 in:

Well, it’s not just Selma who’s back for another go at this year’s Eurovision. Anybody remember Chiara, the Maltese hopeful who came oh so close to winning in Birmingham in 1998, only to be outdone on the very last vote by the infamous Israeli transsexual Dana International (in fact, if memory serves us, she ended up coming third thanks to a last minute surge from the UK’s Imaani? Well, she’s back for another go this year. Seven years after her debut on the Eurovision stage with the big ballad The One That I Love, she’ll perform the, er, big ballad Angel at Kiev on May 21 (Malta having scraped through to the final this year after finishing 12th in Istanbul).

According to a recent press conference, Chiara said, After I participated in 1998, I was quite sure this would remain my one and only participation to the Eurovision Song Contest. But after years have gone by, I felt like I wanted to do this again.” And she is remaining optimistic about her chances. “I believe in this song very much and I hope it will do well in Kiev,” she said.

Of course having not heard Chiara’s effort yet we can’t comment – but we do know that if any country is long overdue for a Eurovision win then it’s Malta. They’ve come so near, and yet so far, on so many occasions (notably in 2002 when Ira Losco ultimately proved no match for Marie N’s Latvian charms) and given how obsessed they are with the contest you just know they would put on a good show. Valletta 2006, anybody? We’ll just have to wait and see…

Welcome back Selma!

Posted: 13/3/2005 in:

Iceland’s Selma Bjornssdottir is quite possibly one of the most undeserving runners-up in Eurovision history.

Her song All Out Of Luck, which took part in the 1999 contest, came within a hair’s breadth of beating the eventual winner, Charlotte Nielsen’s Take Me To Your Heaven – and as far as we’re concerned, it should have won (not that we have anything against Nielsen’s cheery little ditty – it’s just that, well, Selma’s was better!)

The good news, however, is that Ms Bjornsdottir is back for another go. Yes, she’ll represent Iceland at Kiev with the track If I Had Your Love – although given the country’s poor showing in last year’s contest she’ll have to get through the semi-final first. Whatever happens in Kiev, we’re delighted to see her return – but will she go one better this time or will she be ‘all out of luck’ on the night? (sorry, we couldn’t resist)

Problems surround Serbian song

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Hot on the heels of the controversy surrounding Ukraine’s Eurovision entry, it appears that Serbia and Montenegro’s 2005 entry is also causing a spot of bother. The former Yugoslavian republic entered the contest for the first time last year and made a sensational debut, nabbing second place and scoring an automatic spot in this year’s final. But last year’s representative, Zeljko Joksimovic, has branded the selection of this year’s winning song Zovijek Moya, by the group No Name, as ‘deeply unfair’.

The track beat one of his own songs, Jutro by the singer Jelena Tomasevic, into second place – but he has been quick to point out that his song, which won the Serbian final before proceeding to the national final, received no points from any of the Montenegrin judges who were voting. Just to complicate matters further, accusations of plagiarism have been levelled at the winning song – which, according to reports on, organisers are currently investigating. Depending on what happens, it looks as though Ukraine may not be the only ones who may have to submit a second song this year – but we won’t know more until after March 21, which is the deadline for all countries to officially submit their songs to the EBU.

Best and worst of Eurovision… Part 1

Posted: 11/3/2005 in:

In the run-up to this year’s contest, we at Team Eurovision will be taking a look back at contests past, and suggesting our favourite and least favourite winners of all time. To get the ball rolling, here’s our first nomination for the least favourite:

Nocturne by Secret Garden (1995 winner for Norway)
Let’s face it, the 1995 contest wasn’t exactly vintage stuff. The first Eurovision after Ireland’s unprecedented triple victory, it also came at a time when the BBC had decided to stop showing previews of the songs – and given the Internet wasn’t in common usage at that point, downloading them for a quick listen wasn’t an option either. So for viewers in the UK, at least, the first (and last) time most of us got to hear anything other than our own entry was on the night of the contest itself.

And despite having only a few brief moments to decide which song we liked best, Team Eurovision distinctly remembers being underwhelmed by Norway’s entry at the time – and even more surprised when it stormed to victory. With the ongoing Irish obsession of the mid-90s, it should have been entirely predictable that something Irish-sounding should take top honours (Ireland themselves seemed to go out of their way to enter a rubbish song and avoid a fourth straight victory) – but frankly, we’re still not convinced that three minutes worth of whistly flute, high-pitched female vocals and indecipherable lyrics are the stuff of great, rousing Eurovision winners. The fact it didn’t even have a discernible chorus – the kind of thing you can wave your country’s flag to enthusiastically during the victorious reprise – was an equal disappointment.

There were a handful of decent tunes that year – both the songs from Spain (who were runners-up) and Israel (who just about scraped into the top ten) would have been worthy winners – and while the UK’s efforts to bring rap to the contest with Love City Groove fell flat, even they were more interesting to watch on the night. The best thing to be said for Nocturne is that it gave someone else a crack at hosting the contest and saved Ireland a fortune (until the following year, when they won it again), but in terms of Norwegian winners, we’ll stick with Bobbysocks and their matching shiny bow ties, thanks very much.

Ukrainian hopefuls aren’t so jolly

Posted: 9/3/2005 in:

Controversy is surrounding the Eurovision entry from this year’s host nation Ukraine. The winning song, a hip-hop number called Razom Nas Bagato! (Together We Are Many!) by Greenjolly, won the right to represent the country at this year’s contest last week – but according to BBC News Online, organisers have now decided that the lyrics are far too political for the contest, and have given the band until Thursday to tone them down.

The track became the anthem for the country’s ‘Orange Revolution’ late last year (which ultimately led to the re-running of the Ukranian election and the appointment of Viktor Yuschenko as president), with lyrics that include the phrase: “No to falsifications… No to lies. Yushchenko –yes! Yushchenko – yes! This is our president –yes, yes!” But while this might be inspiring stuff for those taking to the streets of Kiev in protest, it’s a different story when it comes to the Eurovision stage.

“It was a political song so we cannot allow this since this is a non-political contest,” said Svante Stockselius, the contest’s executive supervisor. If the new words don’t meet with the organisers’ approval then Ukraine have until 21 March to submit a different song.

Greenjolly should of course have realised that if you want to make a political statement, Eurovision isn’t necessarily the best place to do it. Witness the case of the contest’s last would-be activist, Finnish entrant Kojo, who gave us the quite staggeringly inept Nuku Pomiin (otherwise known as Don’t You Drop That Neutron Bomb On Me) in 1982, and wound up with a big fat nul points for his troubles. Finland have stuck to inoffensive tracks about tango dancing and the like ever since – thus providing further proof that Eurovision and politics just don’t mix.

Spanish Eurovision on Sky

Posted: 6/3/2005 in:

If you thought the UK’s search for a Eurovision song seemed to last for a long time, then spare a thought for viewers in Spain.

While channel-hopping through Sky Digital on Saturday night, Team Eurovision came across their very own equivalent of Making Your Mind Up on Spanish channel TVE (which is now carried by Sky Digital). And even though none of us actually speak the language, it was oddly compelling viewing – over-excitable host nattering on for hours on end, bizarre random performances from people who weren’t actually competing but decided to sing anyway, and a scoring system that seemed to consist of very technical, multi-coloured graphs (backed by the Eurovision theme played on what sounded like a Casio keyboard). All this and a man called Francisco, performing a Spanish language version of My Way.

The whole thing seemed to go on for hours, before they eventually announced the winners – girl group Son de Sol, who beat a trio of heavily permed ladies into second place. We didn’t get to hear the song, sadly, and we’re still a little disappointed that the big-haired runners-up didn’t take the title. But the show itself was so entertaining that we didn’t mind missing out. The question now is – can we expect similar treats on Sky Digital’s French and German channels in the next few weeks? Fingers crossed ….

Javine goes to Kiev

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Much as we would hate to say we told you so, our tip for the top Javine romped to victory on Saturday night’s Making Your Mind Up show on BBC One. The former Popstars hopeful triumphed over nearest rival Katie Price (aka Jordan) with her Bollywood-inspired dance number Touch My Fire. As such, she’ll now represent the UK at this year’s contest, which takes place on May 21st in Kiev.

It was pretty obvious from the start of the show who the front-runners were going to be – Javine, wearing an orange frock that didn’t leave too much to the imagination, kicked things off with a cracking performance that showed she meant business. Operatic trio Tricolore and balladeer Andy Scott-Lee were solid if unremarkable, while Gina G did little to impress voters despite an energetic routine. As for Katie Price – well, her skintight pink catsuit was memorable, which is more than can be said for her performance.

Despite all the pre-contest banter about how this year’s Eurovision would see appearances from Israel, Lebanon and, er, Jordan, UK viewers ultimately went for the strongest song rather than allowing themselves to be influenced by the cult of celebrity and the all-too-obvious hype. Had Katie had the best song then there would have been no question of her winning, irrespective of who she was. Ultimately though she was outclassed on the night.

But now that Javine has triumphed, can she go one better and win the contest itself? Well since we haven’t actually heard any of the other entries yet (we’ll be listening to them all over the coming weeks and will of course be posting our opinions on them) we don’t have anything to judge her against. What we do know is that she’s had plenty of experience in singing live, which should help a lot come the big night – and given it’s one of the stronger entries we’ve had for a while, there’s no reason why she shouldn’t do very well indeed.

Mind you, that’s what we said last year….

Making Your Mind Up 2005 – the runners and riders

Posted: 3/3/2005 in:

Once again it’s time for the nation to decide who’ll be representing le Royaume-Uni at Eurovision this year. Yes, the competition once known as A Song For Europe, recently revamped and renamed Making Your Mind Up, is on BBC One on March 5, presided over by Natasha Kaplinsky and Terry Wogan (who has of course become as much of a Eurovision institution as nonsensical, monosyllabic lyrics and debates over so-called political voting).

This year’s contest has attracted more than its fair share of attention, largely thanks to the presence of the artist formerly known as Jordan (here kicking off her music career under the name of Katie Price). But away from the inevitable media hype that goes hand in hand with having a well-endowed glamour model performing one of the songs, what can we really expect from Saturday’s show – and who is most likely to be taking the hopes of the nation to Kiev on May 21st? Here’s what we think:

1 Andy Scott Lee – Guardian Angel
When it comes to Eurovision, solo male singers have a habit of performing really bland ballads, and the former 3SL frontman and Pop idol finalist is no exception. Guardian Angel is pleasant but frankly dull – and entering a solo artist with a ballad did us no favours last year.
For It: He has proven he can sing live, and dull is better than embarrassing – far better to lose with a bland song and walk away with our heads held high than to enter something ridiculous and embarrass ourselves in front of the entire European viewing population.
Against It: As we said – it’s BORING! And no solo male performer has ever won the contest for the UK – although Michael Ball and Cliff Richard came close.

2 Gina G – Flashback
She did her bit for the UK nine years ago, and now she’s back for another go. The problem is that this disco thumper isn’t nearly as good as 1996’s Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit. And it has some of the worst lyrics to grace a Eurovision stage since Israel decided A Ba Ni Bi was a good title for a song.
For It: She’s been here before, and is a recognisable face.
Against It: She sounded very out of tune on the big night in 1996, and as a result the song didn’t do nearly as well as it should have done. In other words, she had her chance and she blew it. Not sure she should have another.

3 Javine – Touch My Fire
The singer who missed out on a place in Girls Aloud delivers a cracking bit of bouncy pop, clearly inspired by some of the recent ethnic-sounding winners. The front-runner by a long chalk – here’s hoping it does well on the night.
For It: Not only can she sing, but there’s loads of potential here for a spot of visual spectacle. And we all know how much Eurovision juries like that!
Against It: Er, Jordan(or whatever she is calling herself these days)? It’s by far the stronger song but without the hype machine, Javine is going to have to work that much harder to win the public vote.

4 Katie Price – Not Just Anybody
And so here it is, the most heavily publicised Eurovision hopeful in years. But is it any good? Well, the song isn’t nearly as frightful as it could have been, but there’s no escaping Katie’s thin, rather reedy-sounding voice.
For It: It could actually turn out to be a good thing – if she wins, it’ll give the contest loads of publicity and likely generate more interest here than it’s had in years. Which in turn might actually lead the organisers to start taking it a bit more seriously. Cue lots of proper songs next year from the likes of Coldplay and Radiohead (or perhaps not).
Against It: Whether she can sing or not remains to be seen – but more importantly, she’s just announced she’s five months pregnant. Given she’ll be eight months gone by the time the contest rolls around, will she actually be allowed to travel to Kiev?

5 Tricolore – Brand New Day
The genuine oddity of the bunch, it’s a bit of operatic pop from a trio reminiscent of recent X Factor runners-up G4. Given the recent craze for this kind of thing, it could well be the surprise package of the evening.
For It: This is real old-school Eurovision – it combines epic scarf-waving quality with the kind of flourishes (bit orchestral finish, harmonious chorus) that win the contest. Or at least they did some time around 1990.
Against It: Could be seen as a bit too much of a novelty, and has such a Disney-esque quality that you almost expect them to end the performance by presenting Simba The Lion King to the audience. One of those songs that could go one way or the other if it were to represent the UK - which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Whatever happens, it all kicks off at 5.45pm on Saturday, with the result announced at 8.20.

Welcome to Eurovision Blog

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Hello and welcome to Eurovision Blog. Over the coming months we’ll be offering our thoughts and opinions on the forthcoming 50th Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 21st.

We’ll also be covering aspects of past, present, and even future contests. If it’s Eurovision themed and it catches our eye or we have an opinion on it, you’ll find it here.

Eurovision Blog is edited by entertainment writer and self-confessed Eurovision obsessive Caroline Westbrook, and also features contributors who love the contest but don’t take it too seriously. Ultimately, it’s a bit of fun, and we feel the blog should reflect that.

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